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Multiplexes and malling in the Philippines

The independent film theaters of the past exuded a certain mood and subculture of its own for its audience -- in the perspective of arts, culture, and cinema. However, the plight of these theaters proved that changes were truly inevitable. It’s a matter of coping up with the modernity of the fast-paced world. In line with this, the rising number of multiplexes started to imbibe itself in Philippine entertainment culture. The multiplexes have been around for more than three decades already. People

Worksheet on ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno

Worksheet Instruction: Answer the following questions; discuss in two sentences each. A worksheet for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality and the Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno essay "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" 1.      Why is the culture industry an industry? (p. 42) The culture industry is an industry because it works as an amalgam of the different dominating aspects of culture and entertainment in the public sphere with the masses mainly targeted as its consumers. It

(Response Paper) Besides Perfection: The Nooks and Cranny of Film Reviewing with Anthony Lane

In response to: The introduction of the book “Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker” by Anthony Lane A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class The introduction part of Anthony Lane’s book “Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker” was a nurturing read, while reminding me of how movies for spectacle’s sake work like junk food – indulging instead of nourishing. At the same time, in the ages of video games and social media, movies work like many

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